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Red state Dems defect on Keystone pipeline

Two red state Democratic senators signaled support Thursday for legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline opposed by President Barack Obama, Democratic Party leaders, and influential Democratic donors. 

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D- N.D., told the Washington Free Beacon in a statement that she will support legislation passed by the House on Wednesday to approve construction of the pipeline if it comes to the Senate floor. 

"Yesterday's vote on H.R. 3 in the House is another clear indication the majority of those in Congress believe it is time to move forward with the Keystone XL Pipeline," Heitkamp said. 

The legislation, authored by Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., would circumvent presidential approval of the project, which would carry crude oil from Canada through a 1,700-mile pipeline to refineries on the Gulf coast. 

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., also said she will support the bill, telling the Free Beacon, "our national and economic security will be bolstered with the construction of this pipeline." 

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